Funding for Halesworth Health (February 2012)

The League of Friends of Patrick Stead Hospital has agreed to fund Halesworth Health for the first phase of project development.

In its first year Halesworth Health has achieved great results thanks to the initial team who all gave their time voluntarily – see the Getting Started 2011-2012 web page and link to PDF here.

The League’s decision to provide significant support for Halesworth Health came after HealthEast, the new clinical commissioning group that will take over from NHS Norfolk and Waveney in 2013, met Halesworth Health in January 2012.  HealthEast agreed to take a fresh look at Halesworth’s situation and agreed a timetable for Halesworth Health  to  produce the business case for current and future services on the Patrick Stead/Cutlers Hill site.  NHS Norfolk and Waveney also supported Halesworth Health’s proposals for ‘a local solution’.

Halesworth Health requires core professional support to develop the plans to  safeguard and develop our healthcare services for Halesworth and the surrounding villages. The board and members of the League of Friends, recognising the importance of this work for the future security of the hospital and its invaluable services, agreed to grant money that will enable Halesworth Health to progress.

Professional healthcare consultants Sustainable Communities Partnership, who have a track record in helping small communities to maintain and develop local hospital, health and care services, have been retained to produce the Strategic Outline Case. This will go to the Boards of HealthEast and NHS Norfolk and Waveney in May 2012. An Outline Business case and Full Business case will follow.

Part-time support for essential communications and administrative tasks is also in place.

Halesworth Health has become an unincorporated association and has applied for charitable status; the original members of the team have re-formed to create a board of trustees. They will continue to give their time voluntarily.